The University of Northern Iowa offers scholarships each year to deserving students, on the basis of merit and/or achievement.

Applying for scholarships at UNI has never been easier! Below you'll learn about scholarships that can be awarded using your admission information, as well as how to apply for hundreds of scholarships through the UNI scholarship application!

Want to learn more? Keep reading for information regarding types of scholarships and scholarship policies.

Types of Scholarships

Admission Based

Also called "automatic scholarships," admission based scholarships are awarded based on information you provide when you apply to UNI, such as your GPA and ACT/SAT scores. There is no separate application required for these scholarships.

UNI Scholarship Application

The UNI Scholarship Application allows students to apply for hundreds of UNI scholarships from various departments or UNI foundation scholarships. This application can be completed each year starting July 1st.

Off-Campus Scholarships

Off-campus scholarships are scholarships awarded by donors or organizations outside of UNI, such as high schools, civic or religious organizations, or businesses. 

General Scholarship Policies

For the purpose of these guidelines, scholarships are broken into three categories:

Admissions Based

These automatic scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and do not require the UNI Scholarship Application. 

Financial Aid

These scholarships are awarded by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Your scholarship offer letter will come from our office.


These scholarships are awarded by various departments across campus and can include scholarships from donors.

General guidelines for on-campus scholarships:

  • You must be enrolled full-time (12+ for undergraduate students; 9+ credits for graduate students) each semester you are to receive the scholarship. There are some Departments that don't require full-time enrollment for their scholarships, please contact the Department for confirmation.

  • Scholarships will be split equally between the fall and spring semesters

  • You must complete the UNI Scholarship Application to be eligible for any Financial Aid or Departmental awards

Scholarship FAQ

Raise Me

We participated with RaiseMe through June 2021. Although we are no longer awarding new students micro-scholarships, we are honoring all previously awarded RaiseMe recipients their four year scholarships.